What are Good and Bad Carbohydrates?

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Good carbohydrates would come from things like whole grain bread products, fruits, vegetables, starchy vegetables, and legumes also known as beans, peas, or lentils. Our bad carbohydrates would come from processed or refined grain products, as well as sugar-sweetened beverages and snacks. Everyone has different carbohydrate needs, and it's best to talk with a registered dietitian to help determine how much you need. But in general if someone was following a 2000 calorie diet, they would need between 45 and 60 grams of carbohydrate at each meal during the day. The best sources of carbohydrate will always come from whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, as well as dairy. It's best to avoid things with added sugar, such as sugary-sweetened beverages and desserts.